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‘Days of our Lives’ to end broadcast run after 57 years, but the show will continue

After 57 years, “Days of our Lives” will end its run on NBC in September, the network announced Aug. 3.

But, fear not (at least for now), DAYS fans, the sands will continue flowing through the hourglass.

“Days of our Lives” will move completely to Peacock, NBC’s streaming service. It will be part of the service’s premium service plan.

NBC will replace the broadcast hour with a news program.

The final broadcast episode of “Days of our Lives” will air Friday, Sept. 9.

Episodes already appear on Peacock after appearing first on NBC. Peacock has already run two spinoff series called “Beyond Salem” and a Christmas movie called “Days of Our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas.”

In a statement, Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said the “programming shift benefits both Peacock and NBC and is reflective of our broader strategy to utilize our portfolio to maximize reach and strengthen engagement with viewers.”

Lazarus said “Days” has a “large percentage” of its audience watching digitally. The network did not provide data.

“Days of our Lives” is NBC’s longest-running series.

The drama has earned 58 Emmy Awards, including most recently 2018’s Outstanding Daytime Drama, and 372 nominations, as well as multiple People’s Choice Awards, GLAAD Media Awards and Prism Awards.

NBC’s news release said the show “remains a perennial favorite among viewers of all ages.”

Fan reaction on social media has been mixed — with some excited for the move and hoping for expanded scripts and stories, while other fans worry the show will be canceled.

As a long-time “Days of our Lives” fan, I, too, worry that this means the serial’s impending end. Beloved characters might die and be resurrected again and again, but can the show itself find new life?

Viewing habits have dramatically shifted since the deaths of “All My Children” and “One Life To Live,” each of which had been resurrected for a digital audience long before the onslaught of streaming services.

With the move, NBC will become the first of the long-time “Big Three” networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) to have no daytime drama. ABC continues to air “General Hospital.” CBS continues to air “Young and the Restless” and “Bold and the Beautiful.”

In May 2021, NBC announced that “Days of our Lives” had received a two-year contract extension, continuing the show through its 58th season. That current contract would end in September 2023 — one year from the start of its move to Peacock.

“Days of our Lives” first aired on Nov. 8, 1965. It follows the trials and tribulations of the Bradys, Hortons and DiMeras in the fictional town of Salem.

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‘Something wicked this way comes’: Popular possession storyline returns to ‘Days of our Lives’

What’s old is new again in Salem.

Picture it: Salem, 1994: The town’s popular therapist, outstanding mother and all-around do-gooder, Marlena Evans, becomes possessed by the devil.

“Three decades later, he’s coming back to finish what he started…”

The popular daytime drama (and my favorite show) will revisit the storyline.

“Fans can look forward to twists and turns you’d never suspect as well as familiar faces returning to save the day (or not)…. this time around, the devil knows no bounds and no one in Salem is safe,” NBC said of the upcoming storyline, Deadline.com reports.

In the original possession storyline, Salem villain Stefano DiMera, having been obsessed with Marlena Evans, hypnotized her in an attempt to get her to fall in love with him. But the hypnosis led to Marlena becoming possessed by the devil.

Then, on Dec. 24, 1994, Marlena Evans levitated in what is considered one of the most iconic moments in television history.

Ultimately, the story concluded many months later when John Black — then a priest but later her husband — performed an emergency exorcism.

See more from that original storyline below:

And, no, this is not a one-episode stunt, Carlivati said.

By the way, Pittsburgh “Days of our Lives” fans, don’t forget: ‘DAYS’ moved to 1 p.m. weekdays on WPXI.

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Will ‘Days of our Lives’ be renewed?

Has the sand run out in the hourglass?

“Days of our Lives” wrapped production on April 16 of its 56th season — reportedly filming 112 episodes over the last 14 weeks. And they did that through an ongoing pandemic!

The current contract extends through September. It was last renewed in January 2020.

The last time this happened, Corday Productions — the production company that produces the show for NBC — let all of the actors out of their contracts. It’s not clear if the same situation happened this time around, according to Soap Opera Network.

It should be noted that when this happened in 2019, the news spread like wildfire, suggesting that “Days of our Lives” had been canceled. So, it’s safe to assume that Corday, Sony Pictures Television (which distributes the show for Corday) and NBC likely wanted to avoid a similar situation.

Of course, if NBC does not renew the drama, there are other (albeit, slim) options. NBC could find a way to include it on Peacock (their streaming service) or it could find a home on another streaming service or network.

50 years of ‘Days of our Lives’

Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.

I’ve heard that phrase spoken hundreds and hundreds over the course of my life, and — I sometimes joke — even before I was born.

“Days of our Lives” — NBC’s longest-running drama — is celebrating 50 years, having first welcomed Salem and the Horton family into the lives of American television viewers on Nov. 8, 1965.

Since then, “Days” has made a lasting impact on millions of viewers over several generations.

My love for the fictional drama began early in my life, and I do sometimes joke that I’ve been watching the show since I was in my mother’s womb. As a child, I remember watching explosions in far off lands as Bo and Hope traveled the world, the “Cruise of Deception” and Marlena’s demonic ways.

Using a VCR (remember those?), I recorded “Days” every afternoon on Pittsburgh’s WPXI Channel 11 and enjoyed sick days, holidays and summer breaks so I could watch without recording.

For an hour a day (or for binge sessions late at night or on weekends), “Days” gives me that escape from real life and a chance to let my imagination soar in Salem.

I’ve watched Sami Brady drug and rape a guy, nearly be put to death, lie about the father of her child, abduct her baby half-sister, be left at the alter at least twice, hide her identity as a transgendered man named Stan, shoot her fiance in the head, be arrested by her dad for murder, among many other less-than-notable schemes and dramas.

I’ve watched murders be staged only to have all of the “victims” appear together on a previously unknown island before being reunited with their loved ones in Salem.

I’ve watched as Marlena Evans has been kidnapped more times than I can remember, became possessed by the devil and was used as a surrogate for “alien” twins.

Storylines such as those sometimes force fans like me to defend our beloved drama. (Never mind the outrageous storylines on dramas on HBO and in primetime on broadcast TV, eh?)

But along with the out of this world stories, I’ve watched generations of Salem residents share love and laughter, holiday memories (Horton ornaments!) and loss of loved ones.

“Days” now is one of four daytime drama remaining on broadcast television, making this golden anniversary even more special.

Let’s hope for even more “Days” to come!

Days links

Holiday TV: Dec. 19-21: Last weekend before Christmas!

Lots of stuff in the final weekend before Christmas!

Friday, Dec. 19

8 p.m. — “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol,” CW

8 p.m. — “Elf,” ABC Family

9 p.m. — “A Home for the Holidays,” CBS

9 p.m. — “Full House,” Nickelodeon

10 p.m. — “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” ABC Family

10:30 p.m. — “Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas,” AMC

Saturday, Dec. 20

11 a.m. — “The Year Without a Santa Claus” (1974, Rankin-Bass), ABC Family

11 a.m. — “The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol,” Cartoon Network

11 a.m. — “My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas,” Discovery Family

12 p.m. — “Arthur Christmas,” ABC Family

2 p.m. — “Home Alone,” ABC Family

3 p.m. — “A Flintstones Christmas Carol,” Boomerang

4:30 p.m. — “Roseanne,” TV Land

5 p.m. — “It’s A Wonderful Life,” USA

6 p.m. — “Elf,” ABC Family

7:30 p.m. — “Will & Grace,” WE

8 p.m. — “The Sound of Music Live!” (2013), NBC

8 p.m. — “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown” (2003), ABC

8 p.m. — “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000, Jim Carrey), ABC Family

9 p.m. — “CMA Country Christmas,” ABC

9 p.m. — “The Christmas Blessing,” Hallmark Movies & Mystery

9:30 p.m. — “Everybody Loves Raymond,” TV Land

10:30 p.m. — “Home Alone,” ABC Family

10:30 p.m. — “White Christmas,” AMC

11 p.m. — “The Night Before the Night Before Christmas,” Hallmark Movies & Mystery

11 p.m. — “A Perfect Christmas List,” ION

Sunday, Dec. 21

12 a.m. — “One Starry Christmas,” Hallmark

1 a.m. — “It’s A Wonderful Life,” USA

1:15 a.m. — “Holiday Inn,” AMC

3 a.m. — “Secret of Giving” (1999, Reba McEntire), Hallmark Movies & Mystery

3 a.m. — “Will & Grace,” WE

3:16 a.m. — “The Brady Bunch,” TV Land

3:30 a.m. — “The Smurfs,” Boomerang

3:30 a.m. — “Will & Grace,” WE

3:45 a.m. — “A Visit to Santa” (1963), TCM

4 a.m. — “Will & Grace,” WE

4:30 a.m. — “Will & Grace,” WE

6 a.m. — “The Golden Girls,” TV Land

7 a.m. — “Ellen” (sitcom), FX

8:30 a.m. — “The Looney Tunes Show: A Christmas Carol,” Cartoon Network

9 a.m. — “Arthur Christmas,” ABC Family

9 a.m. — “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966), Cartoon Network

9:30 a.m. — “Tom & Jerry: Santa’s Little Helpers,” Cartoon Network

10 a.m. — “Holiday Inn,” AMC

10 a.m. — “A Johnny Bravo Christmas,” Boomerang

10 a.m. — “Giada’s Family Christmas,” Food Network

10 a.m. — “Christmas Under Wraps,” Hallmark

10:12 a.m. — “The Nanny,” TV Land

10:30 a.m. — “Christmas With the Kranks,” FX

12 p.m. — “The Christmas Parade,” Hallmark

12 p.m. — “Will & Grace,” WE

12:15 p.m. — “White Christmas,” AMC

1 p.m. — “The Little Drummer Boy” (1968, Rankin-Bass), ABC Family

2 p.m. — “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year” (1976, Rankin-Bass), ABC Family

3 p.m. — “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” (1970, Rankin-Bass), ABC Family

4 p.m. — “The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974, Rankin-Bass), ABC Family

7:30 p.m. — “Home Alone,” ABC Family

8 p.m. — “A Saturday Night Live Christmas,” NBC

8 p.m. — “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966), Boomerang

8 p.m. — “Toy Story That Time Forgot,” Disney

9:12 p.m. — “The Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992, Frank Oz), WGN

10 p.m. — “The Polar Express,” ABC Family

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